5 things to do in Binondo for Chinese New Year

What better way is there to celebrate the Lunar New Year than with a visit to Manila’s own Chinatown in Binondo?

The festive day brings delicious food, traditional rituals, and special activities to ring in the new year. Looking for other things to do in Binondo for Chinese New Year? Check out these TikTok videos for some awesome ideas.

@cray.zyDong bei#Dumplings #Chinese #ChineseFood #Asian♬ Yiquan – Chinese Traditional

Treat your tastebuds to some authentic Chinese cuisine

When in Binondo, a food crawl is a must. You’ll never run out of good food to enjoy. Typically, during Chinese New Year, restaurants serve up lucky dishes such as fish, dumplings, spring rolls, noodles, and good fortune fruits. A few must-try restaurants are Sincerity Café & Restaurant, Ying Ying Tea House, and Dong Bei Dumplings.

@vegasbengalsfortune cookies had four of them only three had a paper in it Happy New Year♬ Old Days – Fortune Cookies

Have your fortune read

Visit a Feng Shui master or a fortune-teller to find out what’s in store for you in the coming year. Or you could also drop by Kuang Kong Temple and let the wooden half-moons determine your fortune. Aren’t up for that kind of adventure? Take a more chill route and pick up a fortune cookie or two at one of the popular bakeries in the area.

@peoumonychennaGong si fa cai Wish good luck all #chenna♬ Know You Better (feat. Tessa) – Sam Feldt x LVNDSCAPE

Participate in Chinese customs

Want to attract good fortune? Share your blessings by participating in lucky rituals. Some simple traditions you can easily do are giving Ang Pao red envelopes with money inside, lighting incense at a temple, and cleaning out old clutter, and buying new clothes for the season.

@yo_itz_danyLucky Chinese cats #china #featureme #lucky♬ ZEZE (feat. Travis Scott & Offset) – Kodak Black

Shop for Chinese New Year gifts and charms

Binondo is a great place to go shopping for friends and family this Chinese New Year. While there, shop for charms you can keep or share. You can grab fruits, tea, clothes, candles, and cool supplies.

@kiminologyBinondo kids #chinesenewyear♬ original sound – John Kimwel Espocia Fungo

Watch a traditional dragon dance

Chinese New Year isn’t complete without the iconic dragon dance. In this traditional performance, the dragon symbolizes good fortune, wisdom, and health. They say the longer the dragon, the more luck it can bring to the community.

Planning to join the Chinese New Year fun in Binondo this year? Record your own videos on TikTok and share them with the hashtag #CNYPH2020.

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